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    PM inaugurates Karachi Circular Railway

    PM inaugurates Karachi Circular Railway

    Staff Report

    KARACHI: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz formally inaugurated the first phase of the much-awaited Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said that the KCR was a part of the government’s plans to make Karachi a true megalopolis at par with other big cities in the world.

    “It is evident from the opening of this service that we are determined to develop Pakistan,” Aziz said after inaugurating the train service. After the inauguration of the first phase of the KCR, the prime minister, with several cabinet members and city notables, boarded a train at the City Station. The train began with its trademark whistle. It travelled four kilometres and stopped at the Cantt Station.

    The train cars have recently been refurbished in Lahore. The managers have also provided space to accommodate standing travellers. Officials said they had acquired a permanent maintenance staff for cleaning and repairing the cars on a daily basis.

    A Lahore-based company has been hired as commercial operator to sell tickets in and outside trains and evolve a mechanism to discourage freeloaders, which was the main cause for the discontinuation of the facility in December 1999.

    The prime minister was informed about new facilities introduced in the system. Speaking to reporters, Aziz praised involvement of the private sector in the train service and hoped it would help maintain and continue the service. “Traffic jams and congestion is one of the severest problems of Karachi. With this facility, such problems would not come to an end but I believe that their intensity will certainly decrease,” said Aziz. He said the project would be revived in three phases in a couple of years or so and that it was the first phase which would also benefit thousands of people living in the southern and eastern districts of the city. He said Rs 3.5 billion would be spent on complete renovation of the circular railway.

    The prime minister said his government wanted to provide cost-effective transport facilities to the people and the KCR was one of them. He noted that in the first phase, trains would be run from the City Station to Landhi after which the entire loop encircling most of the city would be renovated.

    Aziz said a mass transit project similar to the one planned for Karachi would be launched in Lahore. The previous governments, he added, had neglected the railways department but the present government was paying full attention to it. The prime minister also hinted at the strong possibility of reopening the Khokhropar-Munabao rail link between India and Pakistan, saying that the government had plans to convert the meter gauge track from Khokhropar to the end of Pakistani territory into the broad gauge. Pakistan has not yet made a formal announcement for reopening the Khokhropar-Munabao border. The KCR operation was suspended on December 15, 1999, after the railway authorities refused to operate the service due to recurring losses.



    the very first train was inaugrated yestoday, some pictures







    MORE CLOSE UP SHOTS COMING SOON.


    this train is fully mordern and clean,

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    Finally !!! Thats excellent news for Karachi - I just hated to see those abandoned rail stations near Maripur etc


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    yEvolve's FareWheels ™ offers KCR a mobile automated ticketing system to be used on the board that supports handheld based mobile ticket printing functionality along with the fixed TPM to issue tickets discount cards from the On Station Booking System. The software component ensures smooth transit management by handling entire Revenue Collection Operations, Accounts and IT with travel logs, as well as generating ticket logs and trip reports on daily basis providing the revenue collection management the ability to track operations and minimize pilferage instances while decreasing the chances of embezzlement.

    FareWheels , an ideal and complete Fleet Management solution, with all its supporting modules has been previously endorsed by Mass Transit for its bus operations.



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    great

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    great ~ karachi well be going in circles yet again.


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    I can see it happening...people from all pinds will queue up to go round in circles on the train having their private picnics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashif
    I can see it happening...people from all pinds will queue up to go round in circles on the train having their private picnics.

    :oD :oD :oD


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